Hi! First post, but I'm really stressing and need a bit of perspective on my daughters gymnastics. She's 6, coming up to 7 at the end of the year. She was taken out of recreational and put on the club squad back in January, and trains 3 hours once a week. I used to do artistic gymnastics until age 11, and was at good county/regional level. I also have some Acro coaching qualifications. She's not obviously talented to the laymans eye- she's not flexible by a gymnasts standard, but she's strong, fast twitch, and psychologically there- she'll try anything, and wants to work. Compared to some others in her age group, she's way behind. They're doing quality back walkovers, lever to handstand, back roll to handstand etc, and look like they are very talented. However she did win her age group at the club champs- she practiced very hard at home getting her less difficult moves exactly right, and it paid off So far as a parent I have taken a very back seat, asked her if she wants to do the extra training, let her initiate practice at home, and practice what she wants to. However part of me is now thinking if I could focus her on her flexibility, and get her shoulder mobility and splits, she'd make rapid improvement on her skills. As a coach, I know she needs to do more hours in the gym, or flexibility work at home. As a parent, and an ex-gymnast, I can see why she'd be reluctant as it can be painful, and isn't as much fun as swinging round a bar I am frustrated at the minute as a few of the other girls have been moved up into a competitive squad. I know she's not ready for it, but I can see that she could easily do it, and worry she's being left behind, and won't catch up, and I want to give her every opportunity to reach her potential. Sorry for the waffle, but it's been very cathartic I guess my question is do gymnasts like this catch up? I know you can never tell at this age but with the others getting the extra gym time and working apparatus skills (DD's squad is all about conditioning and flexibility) I can't see how she'll ever catch up to their level, but I don't want to give up as she really loves the sport and wants to compete 4 piece.